Who am I?What do I write?Who were my influences?My writing styleMy contemporariesThe poem- Theme- Analysis- StructureWhat you might be asked about it…!
Born 18 November 1939A Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, andenvironmental activistBegan writing at age 6Became a poet at the age of 16Her parents encouraged her to read and learn theimportance of educationWinner of The Canadian Booksellers AssociationAward, 1977 and London Literature Award, 1999Who am I?
Margaret Attwood wrote romance, historical fiction, speculativefiction, science fiction and dystopian fiction along with:Double Persephone; Hawkshead Press, 1961; pamphlet.Kaleidoscopes Baroque: a poem; Cranbrook Academy of Art,1965.Talismans For Children; Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1965.Speeches For Doctor Frankenstein; Cranbrook Academy of Art,1966.Marsh, Hawk; Dreadnaught, 1977.Notes Towards a Poem That Can Never Be Written; SalamanderPress, 1981.Snake Poems; Salamander Press, 1983.What do I write?
o Margaret Atwood was influenced a lot by herparents. She was already writing by age 5 and washome-schooled until 8th gradeo She looked greatly up to Northrop Frye who washer English professoro Her traveling experience was also a major influenceo Many famous people also influenced her, such asWilliam Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, VirginiaWoolf, John Buchan, Leo Tolstoy, FyodorDostoyevsky, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, AliceMunro, Jack London and many moreWho were my influences?
Margaret Atwood’s style of writing is has a greatsense of “private” myth and “personal” expressionAtwood writes in an exact, vivid and witty style in herpoetryHer writing is often unsparing in its gaze at pain andunfairnessShe has alternated betweenMy writing style
Charles Henri Ford (1913–2002), poet, novelist, editorJohn Faulkner (1901–1963), plain-style writerM. Carl Holman (1919–1988), author/poet/playwrightEllen Gilchrist (born 1935), novelist/poet/short storywriterMuna Lee (1895–1965), author and poetAl Young (born 1939),poet/novelist/essayist/screenwriterMy contemporaries
The poemgive momentary access to the landscapebehind or under the future cracks in theplaster when the houses, capsized, willslide obliquely into the clay seas, gradualas glaciers that right now nobodynotices. That is where the CityPlanners with the insane faces ofpolitical conspirators are scattered overunsurveyed territories, concealed fromeach other, each in his own privateblizzard; guessing directions, theysketch transitory lines rigid as woodenborders on a wall in the white vanishingair tracing the panic of suburb order ina bland madness of snows
People are ignorantPeople can be blinded by only the good sideThe structure of this poem is like Singapore, it’splanned out and the stanza’s are highly structured.This poem has 7 stanza’s that grow smallerThere is no rhyme scheme in this poemThere is a a large change between stanza’s 2 and 3,people are now includedStructure/Theme
“pedantic rows” is the people and how they are very repetitive“sanitary” is repeated, showing how clean things are in Singapore,too clean“momentary” and “transitory” are talking about how nothing in thecity is temporary“discouraged grass” is a metaphor for the people of Singapore andhow they are forced to be kept in the same level“nobody notices” is showing how people are ignorant and don’tcare and how people don’t want to face the fact that the city isbeing overrun“bland madness of snows” is the blind city and the blind people.Also, “bland” doesn’t fit Singapore and seems ironic“private blizzard” is describing how the City Planners are in themiddle of the blizzard and are so caught up in what their doing, theydon’t realize what happening outsideThere is lots of en jambement to make the poem go faster and haveno controlAnalysis
Explore the ways in which the poet vividly conveysher feelings about love.Explore some descriptions you find particularlyeffective.Show how the poet finds beauty in the world.How do the poet’s words vividly reveal her feelings toyou?Explore the ways in which the poet appeals sopowerfully to your senses in this poem.IGCSE Exam-Essay Questions